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SHORT HISTORY OF THE LONDON 
RIFLE BRIGADE 



Fron lixliece. 

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Pho/o: Undern'ood & Underwood. 
LT.ICOL. N. C. KI.G. T.D.. LT.ICOL. Gl R. TOP, 
Comdg. 3rd Battn. Comd,_'. 2nd Battu. 

LT.-CoL. A. S. 
D.S.O., 
Comdg. 16t attn. 



SHORT HISTORY 

OF THE 

LONDON RIFLE BRIGADE 

Compiled Regimentally 

ALDERSHOT : 
1016. 



NOTE 

Pending the full pre-war history, which is to be 
written by better hands, the very sketchy outline in 
Part I. is given in order to form the connecting link 
between the Regiment in peace, since its formation, 
and the present time. 
It does not attempt to give the smallest idea of the 
hard work, often accomplished under disadvantageous 
circumstances, carried out by ail ranks, wh/ch madc 
possible the work done in the war. 
That the Regiment even now exists is solely due 
to Lieut.-Colonel Lord Bingham (now Brigadier- 
General the Earl of Lucan), whose cheery optimism 
through the dark times previous to the birth of the 
Territorial Force was such a great tower of strength. 

Any profits which may accrue from this pamphlet 
will be given to the London Rifle Brigade Prisoners' 
Aid Fund. 

October, t96. 



CONTENTS 

Part 1 ...... 
Part ! I ...... 
Second Battalion ... 
Third Battalion ... 
Administrative Centre 
Appendix A ...... 
Appendix B ... 
Appendix C ...... 
Appendix D ...... 
Appendix E ...... 
Appendix F ...... 

7 
3 
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• -- 35 
39 
-.. 45 
... 46 
• .. 47 



SHORT HISTORY 

OF THE 

LONDON RIFLE BRIGADE 

PART I. 

l'he London Rifle Brigade, formerly the Ist Iorrnatlon. 
London Volunteer Rifle Corps (City of London 
Rifle Volunteer Brigade), and now, offici- 
ally, the 5th (City of London) Battalion The 
l.ondon Regiment, London Rifle Brigade, 
familiarly known to its members and the public 
generally by the sub-title or the abbreviation 
"L.R.B.," was founded July 23rd, 1859, at a 
meeting convened by the Lord llayor. It has 
always been intinaately associated with the City 
of London, its companies being under the 
patronage of the various Wards. 
Within a week of its formation the muster of 
the Regiment exceeded ,8oo; two battalions 
were formed and headquarters were taken at 
No. 8, Great Winchester Street, where they re-_ 
mained for 34 years, and subsequently in 
Finsbury Pavement. 
In 893 the Regiment entered its present 
headquarters in Bunhill Row. These were de- 



Honorary 
Colonel. 

Oommand - 
|ng Offloere 

signed by the late Lieut.-Colonel Boyes, erected 
entirely from regimental funds, stpplemented 
by contributions from members of the Brigade, 
from various City Companies and other friends 
of the Regiment, and constitute the finest build- 
ing of its kind in London. 
Since the formation of the Territorial Force 
these headquarters have been shared :ith the 
Post Office Rifles. 
lr. Alderman Carter was at first appointed 
Honorary Colonel, but in 186o it was suggested 
that a military Honorary Colonel would be more 
appropriate than a civilian one, and Mr. Carter 
(then Lord [ayor) approached H.R.H. the 
Duke of Cambridge, who, in response to the 
unanimous wish of the Regiment, accepted the 
appointment, wh/ch he held until his death in 
I9o4 . During this period he rarely missed at- 
tending the annual inspection. 
In 862 a resolution was passed at a meeting 
" that Reimental Commanding Officers should 
now and always be Officers of professiontl ex- 
perience and ability." This tradition has been 
departed from on only two occasions prior to 
the war, as shown in the list given on the 
following page. 



4 

South 
African 
Vs, ro 

Honoure. 

Colonel Cholmondeley was appointed to com- 
mand the Mounted Infantry Section of the 
C.I.V., to xvhich regiment the London Rifle 
Brigade contributed 2 officers (Captain C. G. R. 
Matthey and Lieutenant the Hon. Schomberg 
K. McDonnell) and 7 8 other ranks. 
When the \rolunteer Active Service Com- 
panies were raised, I7 members vere accepted 
for service with the Royal Fusiliers, and an 
additional 76 joined the Imperial Yeomanry 
and R.A.M.C. 
The total death roll of the Regiment vas 
seven. 
Colonël Cholmondeley, Lieutenant E. D. 
Johnson (Imperial Yeomanry), and Colour-Ser- 
geant T. G. Beeton (C.I.V. Infantry) were men- 
tioned in despatches. 
Colonel Cholmondeley received the C.B. for 
his services in South Africa, and Lieutenant the 
Hon. Rupert Guinness was ruade a C.M.G. for 
his work with the Irish Hospital. 
\Vhen the Coronation honours were an- 
nounced in I9O2, Colonel Edward Matthey, 
V.D., received the C.B., a fitting award for his 
long services to the Volunteer Force. Before 
joining the L.R.B. in I873 as a private he had 
already been 13 years in the Victoria Rifles. He 
retired in I9oi, having served in every tank. 
His interest in the Regiment bas been, and 
still is, without limit. 
The work he bas done for its welfare, while 



To .ace lge 4. 

THE COXVENT. 
ll lo t,ll .\o,'mler, 914. 



still serving, and since retirement, cannot be 
chronicled here, but, when the full history of 
the Regiment is written, Coonel Matthey's 
name will be round writ large on its pages. 
In January, 9o5, the Regiment was given the 
right to bear upon its " Colours. and appoint- 
ments" the words " South Africa, 9oo - 9oz. '' 
The London Rifle Brigade has always been 
distinguished as a shooting regiment. In the 
very first year of its existence its co-operation 
was sought in connection with the formation of 
the National Rifle Association. In 9o7 it had 
no less than a dozen International marksmen in 
its ranks. 
The earliest notable individual success was 
that of Private J. Wyatt, who won the Queen's 
Prize in 864. 
On two more occasions has the Blue Riband 
of the shooting world been won by members 
oI( the Regiment--in I9o2 by Lieutenant E. D. 
Johnson, and in I9o 9 by Corporal H. G. Burr. 
Regimental teams have been very successful 
both at the National Rifle Association and the 
London district meetings. At the latter the 
" Daily Telegraph " Cup was won two years in 
succession (I897 and I898). 
This was second to none in the Territorial 
Force. Its Annual Assault-at-Arms provided 
as stirring a spectacle as could be witnessed 
anywhere. For many years past the Brigade 
achieved notable successes at the Royal Ililitary 

Battle 
Honoure. 

Shootlng, 

School o! 
Arms. 



Athletlos. 

fournament and In the competitions of the 
Metropolitan Territorial School of Arms Asso- 
ciation. 
The Battalion always took part in the various 
contests between the Territorial Regiments with 
considerable success. The most notable of late 
were the folio,- ing :mThe " Marathon " Race in 
the Territorial Championship of the London 
District, I9I 3, when Captain Husey and the 
London Rifle Brigade team won it in the record 
time of  hr. 33 min. 37 sec. ; the distance was 2 
miles, from Ewell to Stamford Bridge. The 
national contest at Newport did hot pro- 
duce such a good time, the London Rifle Brigade 
team winning it in I hr. 48 rein. 14 sec. 
The march to Brighton of 5½ toiles for a 
team of sixty of ail ranks, in full marching 
order, was accomplished in I94 by a London 
Rifle Brigade team, under Captain Husey and 
Lieutenant Large, in the record time of 4 hrs. 
23 min. The war has hot given any other 
battalion a chance to lower the latter record, 
and it will assuredly take "some doing." 



PART II. 

The Battalion mobilised on the outbreak of Mob||lo 
war. It had actually gone into camp at East-tion. 
bourne, but was brought back to London within 
a few hours of its arrival. 
A second and third Battalion were soon 
formed. (See pp. 3 o, 3I. 

'IRST BATTALION. 
Making stays of varying duration ea route at 
Wimbledon, Hersham, and Bisley (for three 
weeks), the st Battalion finally reached Crow- 
borough, where it remained under canvas until 
ordered abroad. 
It embarked on November 4th, 1914. The 
following were the offlcers :- 
Lieut.-Col. W. D. Earl Cairns (Commanding). 
Lieut.-Col. (Hon. Col.) C. G. R. Matthey, 
V.D. (Second-in-Command). 
Major.iN. C. King, T.D. 
Captains.--A. S. Bates, M. H. Soames, R. H. 
Husey, C. H. F. Thompson, H. F. 
MacGeagh, J. R. Somers-Smith, k. L. 
Lintott, and Hon. llajor C. D. Burnell. 
Lieutenants.--R. E. Otter, J. G. Robinson, G. H. 
Morrison, E. L. Large, P. A. Slessor, H. B. 
Price, A. G Kirby, G. H. Cholmeley. 



1914, 
Nov. 5th. 

Second-Lieutenants.--K. Forbes, G. H. G. M. 
Cartwright, W. L. Willett, H. L. Johnston, 
C. W. Trevelyan, H. G. Vincent, G. E. S. 
Fursdon, G. C. Kitchin. 
Adjutant.--Captain A. C. Oppenheim, K.R.R.C. 
Quartermaster.--I.ieutenant J. R S. Petersen. 
Medical Officer.--lajor A. D. Ducat, T.D. 
The following short account is written in 
constant remembrance of the censorship regu- 
lations, and with a view to giving a faint outline 
of its doings to those who were hot out with the 
t st Battalion in France. It will be an aid to 
memory to those who were with if, and are 
fortunate in being able to look back on a rime 
when the I St Battalion undoubtedly reached its 
zenith. 
Never can any Battalion of the Regiment be 
better than was the st London Rifle Brigade in 
1914-15. That all will endeavour to be as good 
is quite certain. 
The Battalion arrived in France. Disem- 
barkation was a tedious business, and the pro- 
gress through the town to the test camp at the 
top of the hill vas one of the worst forms of 
route match the Battalion had ever experi- 
enced. Frequent checks, but no halts, taught 
the true weight of packs and kit; and a per- 
functory inspection on arrival at the camp com- 
pleted the exhaustion. 
For the next three weeks the history of the 
Battalion was one common to those Territorial 



units which were sent out as lone Battalions 
about that time. It comprised a glorious uncer- 
tainty, which troops coming out earlier and 
later in complete divisions cannot have expeïi- 
enced. For instance, on landing it was learnt, 
quite by accident, but on excellent authority, 
that officers no longer wore Sain Browne belts or 
carried swords. A frantic rush at the last 
moment procured web equipment just belote 
the parade to entrain. Swords and belts were 
left at the base. 
There was much to learn about entrainment 
in France. An advance party had been sent 
forward some two hours earlier, and the test of 
the Battalion and the transport were af the 
station by 4 p.m. The train was hOt due to 
leave until 9 p.m. French trains and the French 
railway system became familiar later on in ail 
their ramifications, but at first " Hommes 4 ° 
Chevaux (en long) 8" aroused suspicions that 
were only too well justified in the next ½ hours 
belote the train reached its destination. The 
experience was not a unique one. 
On arrival at General Headquarters it was 
round that the Battalion was hot even expected, 
and no arrangements had been ruade for the 
night. After a wait of three hours in the train, 
the Battalion moved off into some old artillery 
barracks, which were destined to become more 
familiar later on. The quarters were, at that 
time, about as dismal and drty as can be 
imagine& 

Nov. 6th. 

Nov. 7th. 



Nov. 8f, h. 

NOV. 16th. 

Nov. 17th. 

The Battalion marched out some three and a 
hall miles to a large unfurnished and unfinished 
convent, which accommodated the entire 
strength. 
There was no water laid on, no ttght, no 
method of heating or of drying clothes, no furni- 
ture, and no possibility of supplementing 
rations. The only bright spot was the first in- 
troduction to the rum ration. 
Training, which consisted chiefiy of trench 
digging and artillery formation, was carried out 
daily regardless of the weather. 
The Battalion xvas apparently considered to 
be up to the required standard of efficiency and 
hardness, or else the authorities had not the 
heart to keep it there longer, for on the 15th 
orders were received to match the next day. 
The distance was 17½ mlles, and the roads 
pavée almost the whole way. There was also 
some tain. In spire, however, of the absence of 
other Battalions to keep them on their mettle, 
nota single man fell out of the column. 
Except for bruised feet, the march next day, 
about Il toiles, was not very trying. Two 
nights were spent at this town, where the Artists 
and Honourable Artillery Company were also 
in billets. 
While on the match it had been possible, for 
the first time, to sec aeroplanes being shelled, 
and, while in these billets, the Battalion larnt 



what it meant to see the remnants of a Brigade 
corne out of action. 
The Battalion moved one stage tearer to 
the firing line in a snow-storm. 
Brigadier-General Hunter Weston paid the Nov. 
Battalion a visit, and addressed the Otficers. 
He gave a short account of the I th Infantry 
Brigade, which he commanded, and to which the 
London Rifle Brigade was attached, and out- 
lined the scheme of training. Half-companies 
were to be attached to Regular Battalions for a 
spell in the trenches, the men being scattered 
amongst the Regulars. As soon as their worth 
had been proved, half-companies were to be 
put in the line intact, and later whole companies. 
At dusk on this date half the Battalion pro- 
ceeded viâ Ploegsteert to the trenches. 
For some unknown reason the Battalion bad 
not been permitted fo adopt the " double com- 
pany system » in England, but on this date the 
change was ruade with hall the Battalion absent 
in the trenches. 
" A" and "D " Companies became No. 
under Major King 
"E" and "O" Companies became No. 2, 
under Captain Soames. 
" G" and "P" Companies became No. 3, 
under iIajor Burnell. 
"H" and "Q" Companies became No. 4. 
under Captain Bates. 



Deo. 19h. 

I2 

For the purposes of reference, these com- 
panies will be referred to as A, 13, C, and D 
respectively, though, owing to the confusion 
that might have arisen with the old letters, this 
nomenclature was not actually adopted till af ter 
the second battle of Ypres. 
Up to December I Sth the trench training of 
the London Rifle Brigade continued. Platoons 
and whole companies, gradually working more 
and more on their ovn, were attached to the 
Regulars. When hot actually in the line, the 
whole day was invariably taken up with 
" fatigues" of ail kinds. 
A support line in the wood was remade and 
named Bunhill Row. 
It was during this period that the Battalion 
ained the nicknames " London fatigue party » 
or "Fatigue Fifth," and other affectionate titles 
which would not look well in print. 
The Battalion also learnt what it meant to 
have the "dripping swung on it." 
The I Ith Infantry Brigade was composed of 
the following Battalions:-- 
I st Somerset Light Infantry. 
I St East Lancashire Regiment. 
ist Hampshire Regiment. 
I St Rifle Brigade. 
The object of the attack by the I th Infantry 
Brigade in front of Ploegsteert Wood on this 
date was to clear its edges, including German 



To ]ace Iage 12. 



1,» lace ltge 13. 



House, and, if possible, establish a line in front 
in the part afterwards known as the "birdcage." 
The Somerset Light Infantry and Rifle 13ri- 
gade attacked. The London Rifle 13rigade was 
in support. The weather could hot have been 
worse, and the ground was impossible. The 
result was that the wood was cleared, and 
German House remained in No Man's Land. 
The London Rifle 13rigade was not called 
upon to continue the attack. This was the 
first experience the 13attalion had of anything 
like heavy artillery tire, and also of the difficulty 
of consolidating at night in an unknown bit of 
ground. Two half-companies were engaged m 
assisting in this work, while the rest of the 
13attalion spent a miserable night in the marshes 
in the wood. 
Each of the four companies was definitely 
attached, as a fifth company, to one of the 
Regular 13attalions--" A" to the East Lancs, 
"t3" to the Somerset Light Infantry, "C" to 
the Hants, and "D " to the Rifle Brigade. 
Ail four companies of the London Rifle Bri- 
gade being in the front line on the same night, 
it so happened that before the end of I9 4 a 
Territorial Battalion held the whole of a Regular 
Brigade's front with the exception of half a 
company on the extreme left. 
The London Rifle Brigade was taken out ot 
the trenches preparatory to taking over a bit of 
line of its own on the right of the 11 th Brigade. 

Dec. 23rd. 

1915. 
Jan. 5th. 



Mat. 11th 
£Oth, 

Owing to the incursions of the river Warnave, 
this trench was in a very poor state of repair and 
badly flooded. 
The dispositions of the Battalion were--one 
company in the front trench, one in London 
Farm and its environs (this supplied the night- 
carrying and working parties), one compan)', 
v«hich was used for general fatigues for the 
Brigade, in reserve in Ploegsteert, and one com- 
pany resting, washing, and cleaning in billets 
at Armentières. Ever)" company spent three 
days in each place, and in many ways this was 
the most comfortable tour of duty the Battalion 
ever had. 
The men ruade themselves thoroughly at 
home in the cottages of the village, while the 
three days' test in Armentires owed much of 
its enjoyment to the initiative shown by the 4th 
Division in organising both divisional baths avd 
divisional Follies. 
Headquarters and various details, which in- 
cluded for the first time a permanent working 
and wiring party, were, of course, always "in 
action" in Ploegsteert. 
This was a period of "standing by" and 
various small moves, but eventually, after three 
days in the East Lancashires' trenches in Iront 
of the Convent, the Battalion took over the 
centre section in the wood on the 2Ist Match. 
Lieut.-Colonel Earl Cairns, C.M.G., owing 
to ill-health, left the Battalion on Match 16th, 
and Major A. S. Bates took over command. 



The section was held with three companies 
in the wood, and the fourth in reserve in the 
village. The other battalions of the xlth Bri- 
gade went into test on the x6th, and the London 
Rifle Brigade came out last on the next da)'. 
The th Infantry Brigade was relieved by a 
brigade of the South Midland Division. 
The following extract from a letter shows the 
change of conditions between the first and 
second sojourn of the Battalion in the wood :-- 
"We are back again in the wood, and really 
almost glad, though I expect you will hardly 
believe it. Out quota of work in the winter no 
doubt did a good deal towards the transforma- 
tion, and spring is now helping matters. The 
couduroy no longer stops at the worst parts, 
where we used to hold out breaths and make a 
dire for it. Hunter Avenue, and right beyond 
it to the end of the wood, is now quite a 
pleasant walk. Rations and carrying parties, 
though they have developed a rather peculiar 
gait, tan progress at a reasonable pace, and have 
no need to wade so long as they keep to the 
boards. On either side, however, we still bave 
a reminder of the nightmare that is past. The 
possibility of getting material up has a corre- 
sponding effect on the work in the trenches. 
The trench we were in on December 9th, which 
we could hot conceive ever being anything but 
a drain, has now found its proper use. It has a 
new C.T. behind, and breastworks pushed out 
in front into the hedge, with little bridges acro 

Ma,'. 
Apl. 17h. 



Aprll 17th. 

Aprll 24th. 

Second 
Battle of 
Ypree. 

16 

to each; so that altogether everything in the 
garden is as near lovely as can be." 
The Bishop of London, the Senior Chaplain 
to the Regiment, during his vi»it to the front, 
came to Ploegsteert on April 3rd, and cele- 
brated Holy Communion for the Battalion on 
Easter Sunday. He also consecrated the Bat- 
talion's graveyard in the village. 
His regret at hot being allowed to see the 
members of the Battalion in the trenches was 
shared by all ranks. 
Two brigades had been withdrawn to the 
neighbourhood of Steenwerck by this date, and 
the 4th Division started its first period of rest 
since the Retreat. 
Orders were received on the zznd for these 
brigades tobe ready to more at an hour's 
notice. The London Rifle Brigade actually 
entrained at mid-day on the z4th, and spent 
the night in billets outside Poperinghe, moving 
off at 5.3o a.m. next morning to the outskirts 
of Vlamertinghe. It stopped there till 6 p.m., 
when it paraded with the rest of the Brigade 
(less the East Lancashires) to go into the 
Salient. 
Since the first gas attack on the evening of 
April zznd, little definite information had been 
available as to the situation between the left 
of the zSth Division (some I,OOO yards N.N.E. 
of Zonnebeke) and along the whole north side 
of the Salient down to the canal near 



17 

Boesinghe. The Canadians had held on with 
the grimmest determination in the neighbour- 
hood of St. Julian, while what became tobe 
known as Geddes' force held the line from the 
canal up to the Canadians. Geddes' force con- 
sisted originally of the supports and reserves 
(isolated companies and battalions) from the 
south and east sides of the Salient. By the 
night of the 25th this force had been supple- 
mented by the loth Brigade, the Northumbrian 
Territorial Division, the Lahore Division, and 
the 13th Brigade from the 5th Division. 
The 11th Brigade was ordered on this night 
to join up the left of the 28th Division with the 
right of the Ioth Brigade, and so relieve the 
Canadians, who were still holding out in the 
neighbourhood of St. Julian. 
No information was forthcoming as to the 
location of either of these forces, and it would 
seem that, instead of one continuous line, there 
were many small parties holding out in isolated 
groups. 
Two officers from each Battalion had been 
sent up in advance (Captain Husey and Lieu- 
tenant Johnston froln the London Rifle Bri- 
gade), but no available information could be 
collected, except that there was apparently a 
gap. 
That night the Hants joined up with the 
28th Division, and prolonged the line nearly to 
the junction of the Zonnebeke-St. Julian and 

Apri! 25th. 



Aprll 26th, 

Ypres-Passchendale roada There was. how- 
ever, still a gap of nearly I,ooo yards between 
its left and the resf of the Brigade which had 
prolonged the line from the right of the Ioth 
Brigade and part of the Northumbrian Division. 
The London Rifle Brigade, being in support, 
had been instructed to dig itself in 6oo yards 
sçuth-east of Fortuin. 

The Battalion did hot reach this position 
until 1.45-a.m., but, thanks to an early moming. 
mist, it was able to secure fairly good cover by 
daylight. 
On this day, and daily for the next seven 
days, the Battalion was heavily shelled, and 
suffered a high percentage of casualties, chiefly 
from enfilade tire. 
Orders were received for a company to more 
early in the afternoon and take up a position 
that would join up the gap existing between the 
Somerset Light Infantry and the Hants. "C" 
Company was detailed, but a personal reconnais- 
sance by the Officer Commanding the Company 
(Major Burnell) convinced higher authority that 
it was hot only impossible to move the men by 
day, but that the Hants' left could hot be round. 
Orders were accordingly received for the whole 
Battalion to move at dusk into the gap. Mov- 
ing by a somewhat circuitous route, it arrived 
at its position, and dug in tor the second night 
in succession. Owing to the darkness, most, if 



To ace pa« . 

] ATTALION H E I »Q['ARTER î,. 
I llll .1/a_r, IQI_. 



hot ail, of the rules as to "artillery formation" 
were of necessity transgressed on this occasion. 
The left of its line joined the Somersets, and 
the right an isolated party on the Zonnebeke- 
St. Julian road, which was supporting the Hants' 
left some 50o yards further forward to the right 
front. 
It was not until this night that the Rifle Bri- 
gade finally dug across and joined up with the 
Hants, so that there was once more a continuous 
line. 
The London Rifle Brigade, having now be- 
come the second line, was moved up. on this 
night to relieve the 4th East Yorks. The latter, 
with the 4th Yorks, were split up among the 
Battalions of the  th Brigade, two companies 
of the latter being attached to the London 
Rifle Brigade. (The East Lancs had rejoined 
the Brigade by this rime.) 
About 5 p.m., under cover of very heavy shell 
tire and gas, the Germans advanced from the 
ridge beyond the Haanebeke stream into the 
dead ground on the near side of the stream, 
where they dug in some 3oo yards away, though 
on the left they got up much closer under cover 
of the houses. 
The London Rifle Brigade casualties were 
very heavy, especially on the right, where the 
ground was more open. 
Though the Battalion was affected by the gas 
for about fo minutes, there was sufficient wind 

Aprll 28th. 

Aprll 29th. 

May 2nd. 



2O 

Miy 3id. 

My 4th. 

Msy 4th-- 
8th, 

Msy 8th. 

to dissipate it belote any serious damge was 
done. 
There is no doubt that, during their advance 
frorn about I,OOO yards till they got into dead 
ground, the Gerrnans suffered fairly heavy 
casualties from the rifle tire of the two corn- 
panies on the right, and this may possibly have 
deterred thern frorn trying to leave the dead 
ground. With the assistance of the two corn- 
panies of the 4th Yorks and one company of the 
East Lancs, which was also attached to the 
Battalion, the dal-nage to the trenches was 
alrnost all repaired during the night, and all 
the wounded were evacuated. 
On this night the line was readjusted, and 
the whole Brigade retired through the new line 
in rear without a single casualty. 
The actual withdrawal cornrnenced at 
I2.45 a.rn., cornrnencing frorn the right of Batta- 
lions. Wieltje was tirned to be reached at 
1.45 a.m. 
The casualties over the period April 25th to 
May 4th were I6 otïacers and 392 other ranks. 
These days were spent at various places in 
the woods behind Vlarnertinghe resting, re- 
organising, and dealing with accurnulations of 
mail. 
The Battalion moved eady in the rnorning to 
the grounds of the Chateau at Vlarnertinghe. 
On this night and the next one it had to dig on 



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2oth .ll,ty. «) 5. 



B 2[ 

the east side of the canal on the north of La 
Brique. 
The Battalion moved up to the canal bank, 
and occupied some very insanitary dug-outs, 
which had hot been previously inhabited by 
British troops. 
The London Rifle Brigade took over from the 
Dublins a section of thê front line, and was on 
the extreme right of the 4th Division. A 
Cavalry Division was on its immediate right. 
Extract from Sir John French's despatch :-- 
" On the I3th May the heaviest bombardment 
yet experienced broke out at 4.3o a.m., and con- 
tinued with little intermission throughout the 
day .... The 5th London Regiment, despite 
very heavy casualties, maintained their position 
unfalteringly." 
Extract from John Buchan's " History of the 
War," Vol. VII. :-- 
" Early in the morning of Thursday, May 
3th, a day of biting north winds and drenching 
tains, a terrific bombardment began .... The 
infantry on the left of the cavalry were fiercely 
attacked, but contrived to hold their own .... 
The London Rifle Brigade had lost most of its 
men in the earlier fighting. It began the day 
278 strong, and before evenng 91 more had 
gone. One piece of breastwork was held by 
Sergeant Douglas Belcher with four survivors 
and two Hussars, whom he had picked up, and 

Msy 11th. 

May 12th. 

May 13th. 



Msy 14th. 

May 15th. 

though the trench was blown in, and the Ger- 
mans attacked with their infantry, he succeeded 
in bluffing the enemy by rapid tire, and holding 
the ground until relief came. That gallant 
stand, for which the Victoria Cross was 
awarded, saved the right of the 4th Divi- 
sion .... " 
"A » and part of °' B " Companies were in the 
front line. "C" Company garrisoned three 
fortified supporting points. The rest of "B" 
Company and " D" were in support. The rein- 
forcement of the front line commenced at about 
8 a.m. (the shelling on the Battalion's sector had 
started at 4 a.m.). The distance between the 
front line and the supports was about 9oo yards. 
The shelling did not cease till 6 p.m. Later 
in the evening the Battalion was withdrawn to 
the second line. 
Captain Oppenheim, D.S.O., was wounded on 
this date, and Lieutenant H. L. Johnston took 
over the duties of Adjutant. He was sub- 
sequently contirmed in the appointment., and 
held it till April 7th, ;9;6, when he took over 
command of a company, being succeeded by 
Captain F. H. Wallis. 
This evening the Battalon moved into the 
trenches in front of La Brique, which it had dug 
less than a week before. 
The Battalion moved further forward into the 
second line, and two companies of the 6th Bat- 



 ace pae 2. 

LIFt'T. "]'REVFLYAN AND "" A "" CO.MPA.NY. 



To race page 23. 

C.PT,IN OTTER AND " B " COl'W.IY. 
2ot]t .l]ay. 9 5- 



talion Northumberland Fusiliers were attached 
to it. 
The Battalion was withdrawn to the canal 
bank. 
Orders were received that the London Rifle 
Brigade was to be withdrawn and sent the next 
day to General Headquarters. The Battalion 
marched that evening to Vlamertinghe, and was 
billeted there. 
The Battalion marched past the Divisional 
Commander after he had inspected it, and ex- 
pressed his deep appreciation of all it had done 
since April 25th. It boarded the motor-buses, 
and proceeded to General Headquarters. 
The London Rifle Brigade thus left the 4th 
Division after six months. 
The Brigade, Divisional, and Corps Com- 
manders had all personally thanked the Batta- 
lion for the wort: it had donc, and congratulated 
it on its behaviour under the most trying cir- 
cumstances. But perhaps even more valued 
were the farewell letters from the Battalions of 
the I I th Brigade, showing, as they did, that they 
really fer the London Rifle Brigade to have 
become part of their Regular Brigade. 
The London Rifle Brigade arrived at 
Tatinghem, and enjoyed ten days' complete 
test during perfect weather. 
The Rangers and Kensingtons had also been 
withdrawn from the line. 



24 

June let. 

Llne8 of 
Communl - 
©atlon. 
June 18t 
Oot. let. 

These three Battalions were amalgamated 
or work on lines of communications. This 
entailed the handing over of all the active ser- 
vice equipment, and also all transport. The 
latter was a bitter blow, as the work of the 
transport, personnel, and animals had been 
beyond all praise. It is worth noting that in 
spite of the very heavy work of the previous 
four weeks the transport had actually accom- 
plished the thirty-mile trek from the Salient in 
under 2o hours. 
This period calls for no detailed treatment. 
Headquarters, and the balance of the men not 
employed at the different railheads, remained at 
St. Orner, first in the artillery barracks, and 
from July 1st under canvas. 
The numbers at the various railheads altered 
very considerably from time to time, e.g.: on 
June 6th 2m other ranks were scattered over 
fifleen stations, and on September 24th there 
were 374 other ranks at twenty-one different 
stations. 
In addition to these details, the Battalion was 
called upon to furnish escorts and large parties 
for detraining work. 
During the battle of Loos the Kensingtons 
and London Rifle Brigade between them fur- 
nished ail the escorts for German prisoners, 
e,ery available man, including grooms and 
officers' servants, being used. 
The variety of the work on lines of com- 
munication provided scope for every type of 



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.':,II'.C.-LII. I.'T.  Ail.l.':, AND "" l) "" 
2oth .Il,r)'. 



25 

individual--clerks to R.T.O.'s, telephone opera- 
tors, guards, shell fuse setters, navvies on coal 
wharves, caretakers of a horse test camp, hos- 
pital orderlies--while from time to time at small 
stations non-commissioned officers were left in 
complete charge. 
From September 2nd to 3oth the following 
four officers were lent to the Gas Brigade, and 
took part in the battle of Loos :--Captain R. E. 
Otter, Lieutenant F. H. Wallis, and Sec.-Lieu- 
tenants A. B. White and F. D. Charles. 
On August 9th the composite Battalion was 
broken up, and each unit regained its indi- 
viduality. This did hOt make any practical 
difference until October 2nd, when the London 
Rifle Brigade was transferred from the lines of 
communication to General Headquarters troops, 
and marched to Blendecques, the band of the 
Artists being k.indly lent by their Commanding 
Officer to play it out. .. 
While the Battalion was under :anvas at 
General Headquarters, the officers messed in the 
Salle d'Honneur of the 8th Regiment of Infantry. 
On leaving, a present of a glass inkpot, with the 
regimental crest of the London Rifle Brigade, 
was sent to this French regiment as a small 
memento of the occasion. A most cordial and 
charming reply was received by Colonel Bates 
from Colonel Roubert, in which the latter looked 
forward to seeing the London Rifle Brigade 
once again in hls barracks after victory had 
crowned the Allies' arms. 



Oct. 2nd 
251h. 

Oct. 25th. 

The stay at Blendecques was intended to be a 
period of training before being sent back to the 
front. The actual period was 2 3 days, but, as it 
took more than a week to collect ail the detalls 
from the various railheads, little more than a 
fortnight's full training was possible. 
The reluctance of the authorities at these rail- 
heads to part with their London Rifle Brigade 
detachments, even after their reliefs had 
arrived, although complimentary, was nota little 
annoying, but the grateful letters received by 
the Commanding Officer in some measure com- 
pensated for the delay. 
These three weeks were a period of re- 
mobilisation. Most of the non-commissioned 
officers who had survived Ypres had taken com- 
missions. All the specialists had to be re- 
trained. The transport and detailed equipment 
had to be indented for. The essentials were re- 
ceived by degrees, and actually completed a few 
days before the Battalion moved. 
The London Rifle Brigade moved by 'motor- 
bus in pouring rain to join the 3rd Division, 
which was resting east of Cassel. It relieved 
the Honourable Artillery Company in the 8tla 
Infantry Brigade. The latter Battalion returned 
in the saine buses. The transport had marched 
on the previous day. 
Incessant rain and frequent inspections, com- 
bined with training on the lines laid down by 
the new Division, employed the time up to 
November a3rd. 



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"I'IIE FARRACK. (ENEI2AI. HEADQUARTERS. 



7 

The Battalion marched to Poperinghe. For 
the first time it now had a bombing section of 
2 officers and 70 other ranks ; a sniping detach- 
ment was also organised. 
The Battalion relieved the Liverpool Scottish 
in the front line. The trenches were in a 
desperate scate, with very few traverses, no 
complete communication trenches or second 
line, and mud quite indescribable. They were 
also overlooked, and enfiladed by the enemy. 
The tour was normally seven days, with two 
companies in the front line and two in reserve 
near Battalion Headquarters. 
Work was rendered very difficult owing to the 
water-logged nature of the ground. 
Ration parties took as much as seven hours to 
accomplish one round journey. 
On the whole, the Battalion was amazingly 
fortunate vhile in these trenches. It suffered 
casualties from occasional shelling and sniping, 
but on certainly two occasions the enemy 
bombarded the trenches and blew in fifty yards 
of parapet without inflicting a single casualty. 
The match to and from the trenches was an 
exceedingly trying one. Only once was part of 
the Battalion able to use motor-buses, but, after 
the first tour, use was ruade of the " Ypres Ex- 
press," to whose Commanding Officer the Lon- 
don Rifle Brigade will ever remain indebted. 
The Battalion was in the trenches during the 
abortive gas attack on December 9th, but was 

Nov. 23rd. 

Nov. 29th. 



Jan. 18th. 

Feb. l--8. 

Feb. 8rb. 

(orr8 - 
oourt. 
July let. 

8 

hot affected by the gas, which passed just 
behind it. 
Christmas Day was spent in Poperinghe. 
On leaving the trenches on this date the Bat- 
talion was kept in Brigade reserve. Apart from 
heavy night-working parties, the week was hot 
too un¢omfortable, though baths were impos- 
sible. 
The London Rifle Brigade returned to test 
under canvas instead of fo billets. 
Owing fo the relief of the 3rd Division this 
period was one of varier),. The Battalion 
marched from trenches to test, and back into 
reserve. It was attached to three different Bri- 
gades, and for a rime was Divisional Troops. 
Eventually, on the 8th, orders were received to 
entrain the next day. The various outlying de- 
tails were ¢ollected before midnight. 
The Battalion entrained for the South. 
This fighting is too recent for any details, 
however bare, to be given. 
Pl'evious to this date the Battalion. now part 
of as fine a Territorial Division as France had 
ever seen, took its ordinary tour of training 
and trenches. If was, of course, known that 
the Division ,cas going "over the top" at the 
begmning of the offensive, and all training was 
carried out with this great end in view. 
The foIIowing extract from the accourir pub- 
lished in the Press is given here, not because the 



POPERINGHE, tgts. 



29 

writer of these notes does not feel able to give 
his own account, but because he might unwit- 
tingly say more than the Censor would feel able 
to pass :-- 

"I am about to give, on first-hand informa- 
tion, an account of the part which has been 
played by certain of our famous London Regi- 
ments. These regiments, which included the 
London Rifle Brigade, the Queen Victoria's 
Rifles, the Rangers, the Queen's Westminsters, 
and London Scottish, had assigned to t-hem cer- 
tain objectives near Gommecourt, towards the 
northern end of our original line of advance, 
where, as is well known, owing to the extra- 
ordinary preparations which the enemy had 
made in that direction, we did hot rare so well 
as we have donc, and continue to do, further 
south. The London Regiments, which fought 
with roagnificent gallantry and tenacity, did, in 
fact, accomplish their primary objects, but, 
owing to circumstances beyond their control, 
they subsequently had to retire to a line which 
neady corresponds to that they occupied belote 
the battle began .... " 

For its work on this day the Corps, of which 
the Division formed a part, received a special 
verbal message of thanks, delivered by one of 
Sir Douglas Haig's A.D.C.'s. Thls was sub- 
sequently confirmed in writing by the Chier of 
the General Staff. 



3o 

Lieut.-Colonel Bates, D.S.O., was given sick 
leave in August, and Major R. H. Husey, M.C., 
took command. Under his leadership the Bat- 
talion added fo its laurels in the fighting during 
September. 

SECOND BATTALION. 

At the beginning of September, 1914, permis- 
sion was obtained to forma second Battalion. 
Recruiting was commenced at Headquarters in 
Bunhill Row on the 3rd, and the Battalion was 
filled in one day. So great was the rush of re- 
cruits that, had it been possible to obtain leave 
to do so, another Battalion could easily bave 
been formed. Great care was taken, under 
these advantageous circumstances, in the selec- 
tion of recruits. Those taken, combined with 
the draft from the 1st Battalion of rnen who 
were unable at that time to vdertake the 
foreign service obligation, made up a fine Bat- 
talion. 
Of the officers on formation, the following had 
formerly servcd in the Regiment, or were serv- 
ing, and transferred from the 1st Battalion under 
the home service condition :- 
Lieut.-Colonel G. R. Tod, formerly Adju- 
tant for rive years, I898-19o 3. 
Major G. Harvest. 
Quartermaster and Hon. Major J. Guppy. 



i, n- 



I"\kANCE Tu ('AMI'. R_s'r iII.LETS, |A. i(J, \\HEkF IHF 
I rRl |YOR S.\ THF ITTL]OX (}X P.«RXD. 



Captam C. G. H. Macgill, M.V.O., who 
acted as Adjutant until the formation of 
the Home Service Provisional Battalion. 
Captain S. Bowers. 
Captain C. R. Bland. 
Captain H. B. Prior. 
Captain C. E. Johnstone. 
Captain C. Furze. 
Lieutenant B. E. Bland. 

THIRD BATTALION. 

The 3rd Battalion was raised on November 
3oth, I9I 4. The flrst Commanding Officer was 
Colonel H. C. Cholmondeley, C.B. (see pages 3 
and 4)- The Battalion was fortunate in having 
r the help of several old members of the Regiment 
in the commissioned and non-commissioned 
ranks. They were invaluable in carrying on to 
the new men the traditions and ésprit de corps 
of the London Rifte Brigade. 
After some rive months in London, the Batta- 
lion proceeded at the end of April by train to 
Wimbledon, and on, by route match, to Tad- 
worth, where it went under canvas. Soon after 
its arrival Colonel Cholmondeley was given com- 
mand of a 4th Line Brigade, and the command 
of the Battalion was taken over by Major 
Norman C. King, T.D., who went out to the 
front with the Ist Battalion, and had been 
invalided home. Lieut.-Colonel King, being the 



officer with the senior permanent rank on the 
cadre of the Regiment, now commands it. 
The system of training adopted was that of a 
public school; that is to say, the company re- 
presented the house, and the Captain the house 
toaster, who administered the company, but was 
hot responsible for its training. The instructors 
in each subject--e.g., drill, musketry, bombing, 
etc.--each had their own staff of assistants, and 
every platoon was taken up in turn for its lesson. 
This represented the forms of a school. "lhe 
system proved very successful, and received 
commendation from high authority. It was sub- 
sequently recommended for adoption over the 
whole of the Southem Command, but was too 
lnuch of a departure from tradition to be taken 
over as it stood, though it was recommended in 
a modified form. 
As the summer of I9I 5 passed on, officers 
from the st Battalion, who had been wounded 
in the second battle of Ypres in April-May, were 
posted to the 3rd Battalion on recovery. 
Thus began the circulation between the st and 
3rd Battalions which has proved so invaluable in 
keeping close touch and sympathy between 
those at the front and those at home. 
On November 2th the Battalion moved to 
billets in Sutton, and received the greatest kind- 
1,_ess and consideration there. Everything pos- 
sible was donc for the comfort of the Battalion, 
and not the least of the kindnesses received 



were the services at Christchurch. under the Rev. 
Courtney Gale. Nothing could have exceeded 
the warmth and vigour of the chtlrch parades, 
hich were mtch appreciated by all ranks. 
On January loth, 196. the Battalion moved 
toits present camp. 

ADMINISTRATIVE CENTRE. 

The Headquarters and Dep6t or Administra- 
tive Centre are situated at 13o, Bunhill Row, 
E.C., and are in charge of Captain H. Ferguson, 
to whoni the Regiment owes a considerable debt 
of gratitude for the whole-hearted way he ha» 
thrown himself into the work since he joined. 
Having been private secretary to the late Lord 
Roberts, he has brought a ripe knowledge and 
warm appreciation of the Territorial Force to 
bear on the thousand and one details which have 
to be arranged from Headquarters. Here it is 
that recruits receive their equipment and their 
first insight into drill. 
The finances of the Regiment since war 
broke out have been ably looked after by Major 
C. W. Cernish, V.D., who took up the reins 
again after having laid them down in 19o8. 
"/he l_.ondon Rifle Brigade Mutual Aid 
Society centres in Bunhill Row, and a copy of 
its scheme is given in Appendix F. 
The Prisoaers' Aid Fund, for sending food 
and warm clothing to non-commissioned officers 
D 



and riflemen of the Regiment who are prisoners, 
is also controlled from Headquarters. Weekly 
parcels are sent by ladies of the Regiment t 
any whose relatives are not in a position to send 
them ail they require. 



35 

APPENDIX A. 

HONOURS AND REWARDS. 

Victoria Cross. 
9539 Lance-$ergeant Douglas Walter Belcher (non" 
Sec.-Lieutenant, Queen Victoria's Rifles) 

K.C.V.O. 
The Bishop of London. 

C.M.G. 
Lieut.-Colonel W. D. The Earl Cairns. 

D.&O. 
Major A. S. Bates. 
Captain A. C. Oppenheim, King's Royal Rifle Corps. 
Military Cross (I 0). 
Captain R. H. Husey. 
Captain J. R. Somers-Smith 
Captain H. L. Johnston. 
Captain C. W. Trevelyan. 
Captain F. H. Wallis. 
Captain R. Russell. 
Captain F. H. Crews. 
Lieutenant E. R. Williamson (with a Trench Mortar 
Battery). 
Sec.-Lieutenant A. K. Dodds (attached 181st Com- 
pany, Royal Engineers). 
Sec.-Lieutenant R. E. Petley. 
D 2 



36 

D.C.M. 
938 Sergeant (now Captain, Hampshire R., T.F.) 
W. F. Pothecary. 
6968 Signalling Sergeant E. A. Adams. 
854 Sergeaut R. V. Todd. 
9435 Transport Sergeant A. Cordon (now Sec.- 
Lieutenant, London Rifie Brigade). 
5  5 Sergeant W. M. Lilley. 
9995 Sergeant W. A. Roulston (killed). 
9497 Corporal (now Lieutenant, London Rifle Bri- 
gade) G. G. Boston. 
75 Lance-Corporal T. H. Stransom (now Sec.-Lieu- 
tenant, l.ondon Rifie Brigade). 
I oo 3 Lance-Corporal C. Taylor. 
!oo6 Rifieman J. S. Lindsay (now Sec.-Lieutenant, 
London Rifie Brigade). 
8896 Rifliman R. S. Clark. 
Io839 Rifleman E. L. Kench. 

867 
600 
Brigade) P. T. Dyer. 
o835 Sergeant F. C. Keele. 
942 Sergeant (now Sec.-Lieutenant, 
Brigade) E. H. Slade. 
13 Sergeant W. G. T. Mason. 
776 Corporal R. F. Ebbetts. 
9535 Corporal (now Sec.-Lieutenant, 
Regiment) P. Godsmark. 
992  

Military Medal (28). 
Regimental Sergeant-Major J. Adams. 
Sergeant (now Sec.-Lieutenant, London Rifle 

London Rifle 

Lincolnshire 
Lce.-Cpl. (now Sergeant) L. W. Billington. 



37 

9289 l_ance-Corporal (now Sec.-Lieutenant, Londo 
Rifle Brigade) H. J. F. Crisp. 
1621 Lance-Corporal J. H. Foaden. 
122o Lance-Corporal (now at Olficers' Cadet School) 
V. L. A. Fowle. 
9899 Lance-Corporal J. O. Haylock (now Sergeant- 
Dispenser, Northumbrian Field Ambulance). 
9471 Lance-Corporal (now Sec.-Lieutenant, Chcshire 
Regilnent) II. J. C. Rowe. 
9137 Lance-Cerporal (now Sec:Lieutenant, King's 
Own Royal Lancaster Regiment) R. H. Stonnill. 
9453 Lance-Corporal (now Corporal) H. Turner. 
762 Lance-Corporal R. E. Parslow. 
787 Sergeant C. W. Bradford (killed). 
1124 Rifleman H. G. Buck. 
1289 Rifleman F. A. Crocker. 
92 Rifleman (now Sec.-Lieutenant, Royal Fiekl 
Artillery) W. E. Dunnett. 
2516 Rifleman H. W. Dunk. 
2822 Rifleman A. F. H. Edington. 
9457 Rifleman (now Sec.-Lieutenant, London Regi- 
ment) G. Gordon. 
10535 Rifleman W. Hawthorn. 
101 Rifleman (now Sec:Lieutenant, London Regi- 
ment) E. W. G. Hodgkinson. 
9609 Rifleman (now Sec.-Lieutenant, London Regi- 
ment) E. B. Latham. 
9597 Rifleman (now Sec.-Lieutenant, London Regi- 
ment) W. E. Lockhart. 
147 Rifleman (Sec:Lieutenant, Oxford and Buck 
Light Infantry) A. C. Thomas (killed). 



3 8 

Croix de Guerre (with palm leaves) 
515 Sergeant W. M. Lilley. 
/kll above Orders, Decorations, and Medals were 
won by officers, non-commissioned officers, and rifle- 
meta while serving with, or wearing the uniform of, 
lhe Regiment. 
The following officer», who served with or in the 
ranks of the Ist Battalion, London Rifle Brigade, 
have gained the award shown after their names 
since being transferred, or commissioned, to other 
Regiments ° :-- 
Sec.-Lieutenant H. H. I.inzell, The Border Regimetit, 
Military Cross. 
Sec.-Lieutenant D. Blofeld, The London Regiment, 
Military Cross (killed). 
Sec.-Lieutenant S. R. Hogg, Royal Fusiliers, 
Military Cross. 

* This list does hOt claire to be cemplete. Any addiuols should be 
sent to the Officer in Charge Dep6t, here a record wdl be kept. 



llU 



39 

APPENDIX B. 

The following officers and other ranks have been 
mentioned in dcspatches :- 
Lieut.-Colonel W. D. Earl Cairtas. 
The Bishop of London. 
Lieut.-Colonel A. S. Bates (3)- 
Major A. D. Ducat, M.B., T.D., R.A.M.C. (T.F.). 
Captain A. C. Oppenheim, King's Royal Rifle 
Corps (2). 
Captain R. H. Husey. 
Captain J. R. Somers-Smith. 
Captain C. W. Trevelyan. 
Lieutenant R. Russell. 
Sec:Lieutenant W. L. Willett. 
Sec.-Lieutenant A. K. Dodds. 
7o9 Company Sergeant-Major A. J. R. Macveagh. 
8488 Company Sergeant-Major (now Sec.-Lieutenant, 
Royal Field Artillery) B. K. Manbey. 
8929 Corporal (now Sec.-Lieutenant, King's Royal 
Rifie Corps) T. H. Jenkin. 
9391 Rifieman R. E. Peck. 

The following officer who served in the ranks of the 
Ist Battalion, London Rifle Brigade, bas also been 
mentioned in despatches since being commissioned to 
another regiment* :-- 
Temporary Sec.-Lieutenant L. E. Schultz, Wiltshire 
Regiment (killed). 

• Ths hst docs hot claire to be complete. An}, addiùons shou|d b 
sent to the O[fic¢r in Charge Dep6q here a record will b kept. 



APPENDIX C. 

A]phabetical ]ist, by ranks--the latter as on 
S/81n6-of London Rifle Brigade officers with ser- 
vice in France up to that date, exchlding those now 
serving whose names have hOt been passed by thê 
Lensor for publication :-- 

Ei«utenant-Colonels. 
Joined B.E.F aa 

]ates, A.  ....... 
Cairns, W. D., Earl 
King, N. C .......... 
Matthey, C. G. R. 

a Ocer. 
5/Jl/J4 
5/11/n4 

Left B.F.F. 
xs/8/x6 
9/4/15 

Burnell, C. D ....... 
MacGeagh, H. D. F. 

Soames, M. H .... 

Majors. 
5/!I/14 
31/8/5 
5/11/14 

zlsl5 
73/I/15 
3/12/15 
171715 

Wounded 

Alcock, J. E ....... 
Bland, B. E ....... 
Charles, F. D ...... 
Charles, R. D. S .... 
Cholmeley, G. H. 

Calains. 
20/121I 4 
23/12/14 
815115 
x9/2/n5 
5/xx/x4 
xS/7/x5 

9/3/n5 
x6/9/16 
715/15 
-/7/6 

Wounded 
Wounded 
Wounded 
Wounded 



de Cologan, A. f. B. 
Hatvey, B. S ....... 
Johnston, H. L .... 
Kirby, A. G ....... 
Kitching, G. C .... 
Large, E. L ....... 

Lintott, A. L ....... 

Morrison, G. H .... 
Nobbs, H. G ....... 

Robinson, J. G .... 
Russell, R .......... 
Somers-Smith, J. R. 
White, A. B ....... 

Wills, E. C ........ 

Bantoft, E. S ...... 

Beard, H. C ....... 
Boston, G. G ....... 
Bromiley, B ....... 
Cartwright, 
G. H. G. M. 
Clode-Baker, G. E. 

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Jned B.E.F. a* 
an Ocer. 
18/7/15 
2o/i2/i4 
518115 
5/11/14 
5/II/14 
5/II/14 
5/I/I4 

5/II/14 
2I/5/I-5 
5/I114 
8/8/6 

5/11/I4 
II/2/5 
5/11/14 
24/IO/I5 
19/2/I5 
I87/I 5 
8/5/i5 

Eiculenants. 

517/I6 

i8/3/i5 
8/5/i5 
24/i2/i5 
5/I/14 
24/i2/i5 

Ldt B.E.F. 
117/16 
3/5/15 
t/7/I6 
23/6/I6 
2o/I2/14 
17/2/15 
2I/5/I5 

2011115 
19/11/15 
31/3/15 
9/9/16 

25/I/16 
21/4/6 
3/6/15 
1/7/I6 
7/5/15 
2o/1I/I5 
13/10/I6 

Prisoner 
Wounded 
Killed 
Wounded 
Wounded 

Died of 
wounds 

Killed 
Wounded 
& Prisoner 

Killed 
Wounded 

Wounded 

!1/9/I6 Diedof 
wounds 
3/5/I5 Wounded 
2717/I6 Wounded 
5/7/I6 

11/5/I 5 Wounded 
I/7/I6 Killed 



Joined B.E.F. as 
N^. an Olhcer. Left B.E.F. 
Dodds, A. K ....... 28/2/I II/I0/I Gassed 
Flindt, R. E. H .... /2/15 7/5/15 Wounded 
Fursdon, G. E..5. 5/II/I4 2/5/I 5 Wounded 
8/7/I5 4/9/15 
Long, C. W .... z7/5/16 27/7/16 
Maynard, M. J .... 8/5/15 -/IO/I6 Missing 
Oldfield, P B. B .... 1/5/1 5 2717/6 Wounded 
Petersen, J. R.S.. 5/II/14 5/5/16 
Pocock, B. L. E... 24/I2/I 5 2/7/t6 Wounded 
Price, H. B .......... 5/II/I4 3/5/15 Killed 
Sedgwick, A. E... 26/2/I 5 5/5/I 5 Wounded 
12/8/I6 o/9/6 Killed 
Slessor, P ........ 5]II/I4 22/I2/I 4 
Titley, P ............. I9/I / 16 26/6/6 
Vincent, H. G .... 5/II/14 3/5/15 
Williamson, E.R. 24/12/15 lO/9/16 Wounded 
& missing, believed killed 
Wimble, A. S... 29/4/15 7/5/5 Wounded 

Second- Eieutenanls. 

Appleton, E. R. 
Aste, P. J .......... 
Baldwin, N. E... 

Balkwill, C. V .... 
Balls, F. A .......... 
Barker, H. C ....... 

Benns, A. L ....... 
Betts, A. W. T .... 

I8/7/15 
I8/7/I5 
3/8/I6 

27/5/16 
27/5/I6 
29/4/5 
28/3/16 
5/3/I6 
215/I5 

20/I2/I 5 
4/2/6 
-/10/16 

I/7/I6 
/7/6 
24/4/I6 
I/7/I6 
I7/5/I5 

Wounded 
& missing 
Killed 

Killed 
Wounded 



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Brodie, C. G ..... 
Camden, H. M .... 
Carrier, J. R ....... 
Collis, L. W ....... 
Cotter. G. H ..... 
Crisp, H. J. F ..... 
Doust, C. B ....... 
Dyer, P. T.. 
Feast, A. C ...... 
Forbes, K .......... 
Gardiner, W. E. M. 
Gooding, H. R. W. 
Hill, R.L. -- 
Hogg, S. R ........ 
Howe, G. H ....... 
Hewitt, F. E ....... 
Keddie, G. D. F .... 
Lindsay, J. S ...... 
Lines, S. M ....... 
Lintott, R .......... 
Lydall, R. F ....... 
Moore, E. G ....... 
Petley, R. E ...... 
Pocock, B. E ...... 

Pogose, I. R ...... 

Pool, E. E ......... 
Prior, T. A ....... 
Radford, P. D .... 
Rose, E. W ....... 

Joined B.E.F. da 
an Ocer. 
8/7/5 
1//6 
8/5/16 
218116 
/2/5 
2715/16 
4/3/16 
9/7/16 
8/5/15 
5/1/4 
8/5/16 
9/4/5 
3/8/5 
2/5/5 
2715/16 
//6 
1/5/5 
19/7/16 
8/5/5 
29/4/15 
9/6/6 
9/7/16 
2715/16 
29/4/15 
27/7/5 

!!/!/16 
5/3/6 
9/7/16 
22/7/15 

Left B.E.F. 
15/9/15 
9/2/6 
8/O/16 Killed 
zo/9/6 
2/4/15 Killed 
I4/9/6 Wounded 
/7/16 Killed 
29/9/6 Wounded 
I7/5/15 
10/2/15 Killed 
19/7/6 Killed 
3/5/5 Killed 
6/6/16 
23//6 
I9/8/16 
2o/5/16 
716/5 
3o/9/16 Wounded 
3/5/5 Killed 
3/5/15 Killed 
!/7/6 Wounded 
7/9/16 Wounded 
/7/16 Wounded 
3/5/5 Missing, 
believed killed 
2/7/6 Died of 

wounds 

9/5/16 
19/5/16 
21/9/6 Wounded 
117/16 Wounded 



Joined -.E.F. a 
NM,,. an Olcer. Let'! I.E F. 
Rose, O. H ....... 27/5/6 8/6/6 
Sawbridge, 13. F .... 8/5/6 I/7/6 
Sell, C. H .......... 9/]6 -/9/6 
Sharman, A P .... 9/7/6 !/9/6 
Smith, H .......... 9//6 /7/6 
Stransom, j. H .... 9/4/5 3o/4/5 
Ticehurst, G. H... 4/6/6 6/9/6 
Thomas, E. G ..... 7/5/t6 5/7/6 
Wamer, A .......... 715/6 /7/6 
Wheatley, F. M .... //6 4['2-/6 
Whitehead, L.E. 9/4/5 /5/5 
Willett, W. L ....... 5//4 ]3/I/]4 
Wray, M ....... 8/5/ 5 4/6/ 5 

Wounded 
Wounded 
Wounded 
Wounded 
Wour, dcd 
Wounded 
Wounded 
Killed 
Wounded 
Wound«d 
Wounded 



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APPENDIX D. 
List of attached officers who have served with the 
Ist Battalion, London Rifle Brigade, in France, 
excluding those now with it whose nzmes have hot 

been passed by the Censor for publication :-- 

Adjurant on Mobilisation. 
Capt. A. C. Oppenheim, King's Royal Rifle Corps, 
wounded 13/5/5- 

Medical Officers. 

NA.' & ROttFT. Joined B,ttn. L-ff Battn. 
Mai. A. D. Ducat, 5//4 7//5 
M.D., T.D. 
Capt. L. Crombie 12/5/16 
Capt. J. M. Moyes 6/5/ 5 3//6 
Lieut. Ednunds .. 712/5 814/ 5 
Lt. D. T. C. Frew 3/2/16 _/5]6 
Lt. J. D. Marshall 3/I/6 3//16 

Wounded 

Second-Lieutenants. 

Cole, C. H .......... 
Hughes, C. R ..... 
Matthews, H. L. L. 
Ncwling, A. J .... 
Sanderson, G. S. 
Unwin, R. W ...... 
Wilkins, J. W ..... 

t4!7/6 
417/t6 
9/716 
417/t6 
t417/6 
1417116 
1417116 

4/o/t6 Killed 
17/9/6 Wounded 
9/9/I6 Killed 
7/o/16 
21/7/6 Killed 
-/m/t6 Killed 
-/9/16 Wounded 

• Ail Ilth Londo. 



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PPENDIX E 

Commissions. 
Since the st Battalion landed in France, 535 of its 
non-commissioned officers and men bave received 
commissions. 
The majority of these were sent to the Cadet 
School at General Headquarters or to England, while 
lhe balance, just over 200, obtained their commissions 
when at home sick or recovering from wounds. Out 
of this number 65 (2I of " A," 20 of " B," 15 of "C," 
and 9 of "D " Companies) have been given commis- 
sions in the Regiment, and 3 ° of these received them 
direct in the field in the 1st Battalion. 
For a Regiment, whose st Battalion was fighting, 
Ihe total given below is a proud achievement. It was 
always a wrench to part with candidates, but the 
figures prove that the strictures, often heard, that 
Commanding O[ficers refused to part with their best 
men were unfounded in the case of the London Rifle 
Brigade. 
.\ few commissions were granled before the 1st Bat- 
lalion went abroad, but no details are, at present, 
available. 

Commissioned or transferred fo O.T.C'$ 
and Olficer Cadet Batalions. 
st Battalion ......... 535 
2nd Batlalion ......... 122 
3rd Battlion ......... 51 

Total .... 708 



APPENDIX F. 

THE LONDON RIFLE BRIGADE MUTUAI 
AID FUND 

Truste«s. 
Lieut.-Colonel Earl Waldcgrave, P.C., V.D. 
Lieut.-Colonel Earl Cairns, C.M.G. 
The Bishop of London, P.C., K.C.V.O. 
Cttitlee. 
Major C. W. Cornish, V.D., nominated by the 
Trustees. 
W. J. M. Burton, Esq. (late London Rifle Brigade), 
nominated by the Trustees. 
Newton Dunn, Esq. (]ate London Rifle Brigade), 
nominated b¥ st Battalion. 
Major C. R. Bland, nominated by 2nd Battalion. 
Company Quartermaster-Sergeant F. Il. Anderson, 
nominated by 3rd Battalion. 

Under the above title a fund has been inaugurated 
with the object of helping officers, non-commissioned 
officers and men of the Regiment who may be in need 
of assistance owing to injuries or incapacity due to 
the war, or to aid their dependants. 



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The Fund is administered by a Committee of 
rive members, two of whom have been nominated by 
the Trustecs, and are old members of the Regiment, 
and one member for each of the three Battalions, to 
be nominated by the Officers Commanding. 
Support will be gladly received from friends and 
members of the Regiment, and donations may be sent 
to Captain H. S. Ferguson at Headquarters, 13o. Bun- 
htll Row, who h«s kindly consented to act as honorary 
secretary and treasurer to the Fund 



ADDITIONS. 

Add to bottom of page 37, 
"MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL (2). 
No. 129 Acting-Sergt. D. 
No. 9587 Rfn. G. W. HCNTEa." 

Add at top of page 38, 
"THE MONTENEGRIN DECORATION OF DANILO, 
Lieut.-Col. R. H. H'sEY, M.C." 

Page tl, col. 
Captuin H. G. NOBBS. Add " Now exchanged."